601 - Of household dignity the lustre beaming bright,
Flickers and dies when sluggish foulness dims its light.

By the darkness, of idleness, the indestructible lamp of family (rank) will be extinguished.

602 - Let indolence, the death of effort, die,
If you'd uphold your household's dignity.

Let those, who desire that their family may be illustrious, put away all idleness from their conduct.

603 - Who fosters indolence within his breast, the silly elf!
The house from which he springs shall perish ere himself.

The (lustre of the) family of the ignorant man, who acts under the influence of destructive laziness will perish, even before he is dead.

604 - His family decays, and faults unheeded thrive,
Who, sunk in sloth, for noble objects doth not strive.

Family (greatness) will be destroyed, and faults will increase, in those men who give way to laziness, and put forth no dignified exertions.

605 - Delay, oblivion, sloth, and sleep: these four
Are pleasure-boat to bear the doomed to ruin's shore.

Procrastination, forgetfulness, idleness, and sleep, these four things, form the vessel which is desired by those destined to destruction.

606 - Though lords of earth unearned possessions gain,
The slothful ones no yield of good obtain.

It is a rare thing for the idle, even when possessed of the riches of kings who ruled over the whole earth, to derive any great benefit from it.

607 - Who hug their sloth, nor noble works attempt,
Shall bear reproofs and words of just contempt.

Those who through idleness, and do not engage themselves in dignified exertion, will subject themselves to rebukes and reproaches.

608 - If sloth a dwelling find mid noble family,
Bondsmen to them that hate them shall they be.

If idleness take up its abode in a king of high birth, it will make him a slave of his enemies.

609 - Who changes slothful habits saves
Himself from all that household rule depraves.

When a man puts away idleness, the reproach which has come upon himself and his family will disappear.

610 - The king whose life from sluggishness is rid,
Shall rule o'er all by foot of mighty god bestrid.

The king who never gives way to idleness will obtain entire possession of (the whole earth) passed over by him who measured (the worlds) with His foot.

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Courtesy: We have used Thirukural Tamil interpretations by Dr. M. Karunanithi. The Englist translation was used from the book: TIRUKKURAL with translations in English by Rev Dr G U Pope, Rev W H Drew, Rev John Lazarus and Mr F W Ellis Published by The South India Saiva Siddhantha Works Publishing Society, Tinnevelly, Limited. India (1982).